The Public Interest

The end of sociology?

Irving Louis Horowitz

Winter 1993

IT HAS BECOME the custom in recent years for books to carry a general subject designation on their back covers—presumably to help the retailer know where to shelve the work. Death at the Parasite Cafe is listed by its publisher as “Sociology/ Postmodern Theory/Fiction.” The jacket-copy of the book explains: “This is a disturbing theoretical fiction of contemporary shifts from modern to ultramodern rituals of patriarchal, racist, and economic power.” I often find myself at odds with such blurbs, but in this instance one could hardly do better. Caveat emptor!

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